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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 03:56 PM
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Philippines ends ban on gays in military
(Manila) The Philippines has become the second country in a week to officially end the ban on gays serving in the military.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said that the decision shows the military has a zero tolerance for discrimination among its ranks. But it also warned that despite allowing gays to serve openly, overt homosexual behavior will still not be tolerated.

Once inside the organization, they have to live by a code of ethics and they have to observe decorum if they want to remain as members of the Armed Forces, military spokesperson Ernesto Torres told The Manila Times.

To mark the change the military this week began a recruiting drive in the LGBT community.

On Monday, Argentina announced that it had abandoned the gay ban, part of a sweeping military reform act that included the way members of the armed forces are put on trial.

The issue of gays serving opening in the military has roiled the US armed services.

On Monday, legislation to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell was filed in the House of Representatives.

While previous attempts to repeal the law were bogged down when Republicans controlled Congress, there is renewed hope the measure will pass the Democratically-controlled Congress.

President Barack Obama has said that he supports repeal of the ban.

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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 04:24 PM
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1. kick
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 04:25 PM
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2. When getting shot at, it matters little
will we join other nations? We should have led on this...
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 04:41 PM
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3. The Filipino communist rebel army has allowed gays for years.
In fact, they perform same sex marriage ceremonies as well. Interesting. I'm pleased that the Filipino state has followed suit.
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 04:43 PM
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4. I sometimes think that Iran will have equal rights for gay people before the US does.
I sometimes think that Iran will have equal rights for gay people before the US does.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 04:47 PM
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5. Welcome to DU imdjh.
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 04:55 PM
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6. thank you
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 05:21 PM
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7. Considering how Catholic the country is this is impressive
I wonder how long before the local Bishops start whining. :crazy:
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